Landing Flare Accident Reports and Pilot Perception Analysis

  • Benbassat D
  • Abramson C
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This study examined flare accident rates and probable causes for
improper flares. Measures included the analysis of 6,676 aircraft
accident reports published by the National Transportation Safety Board
and a 21-item perception questionnaire administered to 134 pilots with
varying experience levels. The results revealed relatively high flare
accident rates and showed that pilots believed the flare to be more
difficult than 9 other standard flight maneuvers. The results also
showed that pilots reported experience and instruction as the most
important factors for proper flares. This study indicates that those
factors are also probable causes for improper flares and discusses how
they relate to depth perception.

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  • Danny Benbassat

  • Charles I. Abramson

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